The temperature at Rangers Ballpark all three days this weekend is forecast to be in excess of 100 degrees F and the Jays are taking some precautions so that no one suffers from heat stroke.
The Jays took outdoor batting practice before Friday’s game but intend to hit only in the indoor cage Saturday and then back outside before Sunday night’s series finale.
“There are a number of measures that are available to players, most of which are available in the dugout every game,” manager John Farrell said. “But if a guy needs an IV before the game, that’s certainly available.
“We leave it to them. We’re not going to strongly suggest to someone to do something outside his normal routine. This is a matter of fluids. The starters know how important it is to hydrate and I’m sure they’re doing that.”
Jose Bautista returned to third base last night after a six-game absence from the field with a sprained ankle. Farrell will make a call before Saturday’s game whether Bautista will DH or play again at third.
“It could be (Friday) and Sunday. We’ll just balance it out, whether it’s every day or every other day, initially.”
With 62 games remaining, the Jays will monitor their starters’ innings buildup just as they did last season.
Converted reliever Carlos Villanueva will be watched closely because he already has pitched more innings than last season. “He threw 67 innings a year ago, and he’s at 80-plus now on his way perhaps to 140 or 150,” Farrell said.
Josh Hamilton of the Rangers is hitting .109 (7-for-64) in day games and has experimented with eye drops, eye wipes, sunglasses and contact lenses to allow his eyes to open up more in bright sunshine.
“The less your eyes are open, the less you can see,” Hamilton explained, then wondered: “Is that a Yogi-ism?”